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melt away

1. To change from a solid state into a liquid; to melt. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "melt" and "away." The sun should melt away some of this snow. The ice melted away in a matter of minutes.
2. To lessen and disappear. My nerves just melted away as soon as I stepped on the stage and started to sing.
3. To cause something to lessen and disappear. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "melt" and "away." That massage was great—it totally melted all of my tension away.
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melt something away

to cause something to melt into a liquid. The sun melted the ice away. The sun melted away the ice.
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melt away

to melt into a liquid. The ice cubes melted away quickly in the intense heat. When the wax candles melted away, they ruined the lace tablecloth.
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melt away

v.
1. To dissipate or fade away by or as if by melting: As the sun rose, the fog melted away.
2. To cause something to dissipate or fade away by or as if by melting: The medication melted my anxiety away. The soothing words melted away the child's fears.
See also: away, melt
References in classic literature ?
Seeing that she had really melted away to nothing, Dorothy drew another bucket of water and threw it over the mess.
Little wreaths of mist were curling upwards, and the sun shone down with a cloudless, golden light, every moment more clear as the vapours melted away.
Just then father lifted the rainbow again, without noticing me at all, and though I tried to seize the end of it and hold fast, it melted away entirely and I was left alone and helpless on the cold, hard earth
He then re-entered his palace; the doors closed slowly, and the crowd melted away, whilst chants and prayers were still resounding abroad.
The slight suspicion with which his hearers at first listened to him, gradually melted away before the convincing simplicity of his distress: it was impossible for the neighbours to doubt that Marner was telling the truth, not because they were capable of arguing at once from the nature of his statements to the absence of any motive for making them falsely, but because, as Mr.
So he turned his back upon the village of Mbonga and melted away into the leafy fastness of the forest.
Then a certain pensiveness fell over her beauty which dimmed yet intensified it; sharp angles, glittering points, melted away into curves and enticing gleams.
But he had only to go and stay a little while in Petersburg, in the circle there in which he moved, where people lived--really lived--instead of vegetating as in Moscow, and all such ideas vanished and melted away at once, like wax before the fire.
These stretched far to the north-northwest, until they melted away into what appeared to be faint clouds, but which the experienced eyes of the veteran hunters of the party recognized for the rugged mountains of the Yellowstone; at the feet of which extended the wild Crow country: a perilous, though profitable region for the trapper.
Thus saith Cide Hamete the Mahometan philosopher; for there are many that by the light of nature alone, without the light of faith, have a comprehension of the fleeting nature and instability of this present life and the endless duration of that eternal life we hope for; but our author is here speaking of the rapidity with which Sancho's government came to an end, melted away, disappeared, vanished as it were in smoke and shadow.
QC Across 7 Pertaining to race (6) 8 Person aided by a caddie (6) 10 Animal at Ascot (9) 11 Holiday company agent (3) 12 Melted away (9) 14 Inward seashore curve (3) 15 Work, take effect (3) 16 Ticket there and back (3,6) 18 Antique (3) 20 Controlled, reined (9) 21 Cooking formula (6) 22 Spiritualist meeting (6) 1 Down 7 10 12 1 Brought up, raised (6) 2 Heavy, burly (8) 3 Keep back, refuse to give (8) 4 Comedian's gag (4) 5 Long way off (4) 6 Give money up front (6) 9 Burial ground (9) 13 Became more profound (8) 14 Making (the skin) black and blue (8) 15 On a ship or plane (6) 17 ___ off, dozed (6) 19 Ships' loading area (4) 20 Wish, expectation (4) 15 18
Since they took over, in my opinion the standards of time-tabling and services have declined and the local care seems to have melted away.
2 : to grow less : disappear <Clouds melted away.
RELIEVED ministers watched yesterday as the financial markets staged a recovery and queues outside Northern Rock branches all but melted away.
Last spring, although sea ice extended farther south than in recent years, it also melted away quickly.